Tagan Easycon XL 700w TG700-U35 PSU
Each modular power supply manufacturer tends to have their own ideas on what the best connector method for a modular unit is. Some stick with the tried and tested Molex style connector, others utilise the newly designed PCI-E connector while the more inventive go for their own proprietary design.
Tagan have decided to re-design their modular connectors, making them flush with the unit unlike the connectors found on their older Easycon U15 series. I was hoping that this would make the overall length of the PSU+connectors smaller, but unfortunately Tagan have decided to put extra long rigid covers at the end of the cables thus making the total length of the unit+connectors around 210mm.
Tagan have opted not to make the ATX and P4-12v/EPS12v connectors modular on the TG700-U35, instead hard-wiring them to the unit. Personally I prefer this to fully modular designs as causes less issues when trying to bend the ATX cable around tight corners. The smaller connector (top right) can be screwed to a bare metal part of your PC enclosure to fully ground the unit.
All SATA and Molex cables are sleeved up to the first connector for aesthetics and optimal airflow. Interestingly, the cables also feature twisted wires that assist in the reduction of EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference).
You will also notice that P4-12v/EPS12v and PCI-E cables feature fully RFI/EMI shielded cables. This makes them far more attractive than standard sleeved cables, but does mean that they are slightly harder to route around tight corners in your case.
The Easycon XL comes with two separate cables for ATX12v and EPS12v motherboard connections, which gives the unit full compatibility with server & high-end desktop motherboards as well as backwards compatibility with older boards. In a similar fashion, the ATX connector can be converted from 24-pin down to 20-pin for compatibility with older motherboards by simply uncoupling the additional 4 pins at the end of the ATX block.
As the usage of floppy disk drives is slowly declining, Tagan have decided to make the usage of floppy disk power connectors optional by supplying them on a separate Molex-to-Floppy extension cable. In my opinion this is a great idea, as it cuts down on the number of unused cables you need to hide away inside your case.
The TG700-U35 package also contains 4x SATA-to-Molex converters that should come in very handy if you want to use any of the 8 SATA cables for non-SATA devices.
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